River wa­ter lev­els mon­i­tored

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

Due to public con­cern, wa­ter lev­els of the Red Deer River are con­tin­u­ously be­ing mon­i­tored dur­ing the high wa­ter level sea­son.

The Dick­son Dam is still re­leas­ing wa­ter at 150 cu­bic me­ters per sec­ond but is able to with its large ca­pac­ity, al­low­ing for a con­trolled stream to pass through.

“It will be con­tin­ued to be mon­i­tored and hope­fully we can get up to around Fa­ther’s Day then af­ter Fa­ther’s Day it’s usu­ally good,” said Mayor Terry Ye­men.

A small amount of the in­flu­ence for in­crease in wa­ter lev­els was from the Lit­tle Red Deer River as melted ice and rain from the moun­tains have now made its way to the river sys­tem.

“It has given us prob­lems be­fore – It’s a con­tribut­ing fac­tor but I think that the wa­ter nor­mally comes out of the foothills is not as much snow,” said Ye­men.

The lo­cal po­lice force con­tinue to check the wa­ter lev­els from the Gor­don Tay­lor Bridge at night as well as fa­cil­i­ta­tors from the Dick­son Dam.

As heat rises to match the sum­mer months, more wa­ter within the river sys­tems will be preva­lent.

“It’s be­ing well tored,” said Ye­men. moni“So we are in the process of the spring melt right now with the warmer tem­per­a­tures we’ve had – there’s ob­vi­ously been some melt­ing in the high coun­try which at­tributes to the flows.”

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